World Premier

17 10 2012

There are still a few tickets left for this amazing production involving school children from across the local authority that are part of The Intermediate Music Choir and other groups who are participating in this once in a life time opportunity as they work alongside the up and coming stars of the future from Scottish Opera in preparations for the world premier of The Elephant Angel performed on 19 October 2pm and 7pm

The quality of singing demonstrates East Renfrewshire’s commitment to music provision for children and their outstanding youth music programme

Book your tickets online now


In the midst of a city, in the midst of a war, an enduring friendship is formed between a young elephant named Sheila and her keeper. As the bombs begin to fall and the Head Zookeeper worries about the fate of the animals, the local children play and laugh and sing in the Belfast streets…

The Elephant Angel is a heart-warming new opera for audiences of all ages by composer Gareth Williams and acclaimed novelist Bernard MacLaverty. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of a lady zookeeper who takes a baby elephant home with her each night during the Belfast Blitz, looking after it and keeping it safe with the help of the children who live near by.

Performed by singers and musicians from Scottish Opera, each performance of The Elephant Angel also involves around 60 local schoolchildren; some working with Scottish Opera’s experts to market and run the performances, and the others forming a chorus of 30 who will created their own unique elements for a performance especially for their local community.

Music Gareth Williams

Words Bernard MacLaverty

Supported by donors to The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2010, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Barcapel Foundation and The Hugh Fraser Foundation

Sung in English Approximately 50 minutes




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